Actress Fran Drescher will be honored next Saturday at HRC's annual Garden Party in Palm Springs.

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest gay advocate, will present Drescher with their Ally for Equality Award on November 6.

Drescher is best know for playing the role of Fran Fine on the CBS sitcom The Nanny.

In a video released last week, Drescher urges New Yorkers to join the campaign to legalize gay marriage in the Empire State.

“With a voice like this, you know I've got to be a New Yorker,” Drescher says in the ad, referring to her unmistakable nasal drawl. “But I'm also an American. And to me that means justice and equality and liberty for everyone.” (The video is embedded in the right panel of this page.)

The video series, which features celebrities and prominent politicians, including Moby and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, is being backed by HRC ahead of a hoped-for vote next year to legalize the institution in the state.

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